Scottish Parliament

Ariane Burgess: Have your say on short-term lets

Ariane Burgess MSP, convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee Agenda, is urging Scottish residents to have their say on short-term lets legislation.

Published 15 October 2021

New ventilation standards put islanders off insulation schemes

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan has warned that new housing ventilation standards are letting too much wind into homes.

Published 13 October 2021

Carer’s Allowance Supplement Bill passed by Scottish Parliament

Tens of thousands of unpaid carers will receive a double payment of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement this winter under legislation passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament.

Published 8 October 2021

Child Winter Heating Assistance eligibility extended

Legislation that will lead to increased vital support to more than 19,400 children and young people to help their families heat their homes this winter has been laid in the Scottish Parliament.

Published 23 September 2021

Date set for 2022-23 Scottish Budget

Finance secretary Kate Forbes will publish the 2022-23 Scottish Budget and the Medium Term Financial Strategy on Thursday 9 December 2021, following agreement of the date with the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee.

Published 23 September 2021

MSPs begin nationwide search for local community heroes

A search for 129 local community heroes has been launched by the Scottish Parliament.

Published 22 July 2021

People from deprived backgrounds left out of community empowerment action, says Holyrood Committee

A Scottish Parliament Committee has criticised the implementation of the 2015 Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act saying that not enough has been done to empower people from deprived backgrounds to take action in their communities.

Published 2 March 2021

Social care reform needs action not words, Scottish sector representatives urge

Representatives from the Scottish social care sector have told the Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee that proposals to reform the sector should be implemented as soon as possible, and not be another positive set of words with no action.

Published 2 March 2021

A fair economic recovery should tackle inequality and help people on low incomes, says Finance Committee

It is highly likely that COVID-19 has exacerbated existing structural inequalities in Scotland, according to the Scottish Parliament's Finance and Constitution Committee’s budget report published today.

Published 23 February 2021

Scottish Parliament report says reform of social care must better value care givers

A Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee report into the future of social care has said those delivering and receiving care must be at the heart of social care reform with the current model described as unsustainable.

Published 10 February 2021

‘Further work required’ on Domestic Abuse Bill, says Justice Committee

The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has backed the underlying intentions behind the Scottish Government’s new Domestic Abuse Bill, but warned that serious practical concerns raised during the course of its scrutiny need to be addressed.

Published 21 January 2021

New social security legislation passed by Scottish Parliament

New legislation to improve the benefits system to help those who need it most was unanimously passed by the Scottish Parliament yesterday.

Published 30 September 2020

Call for views on how social security can aid economic recovery from COVID-19

The Scottish Parliament has issued a call for views to discover how COVID-19 has impacted people in Scotland and how Scottish social security can respond.

Published 2 September 2020

Inverness Foodstuff recognised in Scottish Parliament

Ness Bank Church’s Inverness Foodstuff, which provides meals to those who are homeless, vulnerable or financially disadvantaged, has been recognised in the Scottish Parliament for its service to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic – serving over 10,000 meals locally.

Published 2 September 2020

MSPs to investigate impact of COVID-19 on financial stability of local government

The Scottish Parliament’s local government and communities committee has launched a call for views on the impact of coronavirus on the financial sustainability of local government in Scotland.

Published 23 July 2020